Politics of Apulia

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The Politics of Apulia, Italy, takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democracy, whereby the President of Regional Government is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the Regional Government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Regional Council.

Executive branch

The Regional Government (Giunta Regionale) is presided by the President of the Region (Presidente della Regione), who is elected for a five-year term, and is composed by the President and the Ministers (Assessori), who are currently ten.[1]

List of Presidents

Legislative branch

The Regional Council of Apulia (Consiglio Regionale della Puglia) is composed of 70 members and is elected with proportional representation plus a majority premium for the winning coalition.[2] The Council is elected for a five-year term, but, if the President suffers a vote of no confidence, resigns or dies, under the simul stabunt vel simul cadent clause (introduced in 1999), also the Council will be dissolved and there will be a fresh election.[3]

Local government

Provinces and Metropolitan City

Provinces of Apulia

Apulia is divided into five provinces and one metropolitan city:

Province / Metropolitan City Inhabitants President Party Election
Metropolitan City of Bari 1,261,954 Antonio Decaro Democratic Party 2015
Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani 384,293 Bernardo Lodispoto Independent (centre-left) 2019
Province of Brindisi 401,652 Riccardo Rossi Independent (centre-left) 2018
Province of Foggia 627,102 Nicola Gatta Independent (centre-right) 2018
Province of Lecce 802,807 Stefano Minerva Democratic Party 2018
Province of Taranto 581,092 Giovanni Gugliotti Forza Italia 2018


Apulia is also divided into 258 comuni (municipalities), which have even more history, having been established in the Middle Ages when they were the main places of government. There are eight provincial capital cities in Apulia, as the Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani is the only province in Italy with three capital cities.

There are 258 communes in Apulia (as of January 2019):

Provincial capitals

Municipality Inhabitants Mayor Party Election
Andria 100,357 Nicola Giorgino[4] Forza Italia 2015
Bari 311,997 Antonio Decaro Democratic Party 2019
Barletta 94,664 Cosimo Cannito Independent (centre-right) 2018
Brindisi 88,482 Riccardo Rossi Independent (centre-left) 2018
Foggia 152,700 Franco Landella Forza Italia 2019
Lecce 89,902 Carlo Salvemini Independent (centre-left) 2019
Taranto 198,083 Rinaldo Melucci Democratic Party 2017
Trani 55,808 Amedeo Bottaro Democratic Party 2015

Other municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants

Municipality Inhabitants Mayor Party Election
Altamura 70,789 Rosa Melodia Independent (centre-left) 2018
Molfetta 60,272 Tommaso Minervini Democratic Party 2017
Cerignola 57,007 Franco Metta Civic List 2015
Manfredonia 56,318 Angelo Riccardi Civic List 2015
Bitonto 56,304 Michele Abbaticchio Italian Left 2017
San Severo 55,297 Francesco Miglio Democratic Party 2019
Bisceglie 54,847 Vittorio Fata Democratic Party 2017

Parties and elections

Latest regional election

In the latest regional election, which took place on 31 May 2015, Michele Emiliano of the Democratic Party was elected president by a landslide over a fragmented set of opponents. The Democrats were narrowly the largest party with 19.8% of the vote, but two lists named after Emiliano got an additional combined 14.0%.

31 May 2015 Apulian regional election results
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Candidates Votes % Seats Parties Votes % Seats
Michele Emiliano 793,831 47.12 1
Democratic Party 316,876 19.80 13
Emiliano Mayor of Apulia (incl. SC, IdV, PdS) 155,840 9.74 6
Us on the Left for Apulia (incl. SEL) 108,920 6.81 4
Populars (incl. UdC, CD, RI) 99,021 6.19 3
Apulia for Emiliano 68,366 4.27 3
Communist Party of Italy 10,398 0.65
Pensioners and Disables 6,712 0.42
Populars for Italy 6,575 0.41
Total 772,708 48.28 29
Antonella Laricchia 310,304 18.42 1 Five Star Movement 275,114 17.19 7
Francesco Schittulli 308,168 18.29
Beyond with Fitto 155,771 9.73 4
Schittulli Political MovementPopular Area 101,817 6.36 4
Brothers of Italy 39,164 2.45
Total 296,752 18.54 8
Adriana Poli Bortone 242,641 14.40
Forza Italia (incl. LAM) 181,896 11.37 5
Us with Salvini 38,661 2.42
National Apulia 9,186 0.57
Italian Liberal Party 1,797 0.11
Total 231,540 14.47 5
Riccardo Rossi 17,110 1.02 The Other Apulia (incl. PRC) 14,513 0.91
Gregorio Mariggiò 7,559 0.45 Federation of the Greens 6,278 0.39
Michele Rizzi 5,056 0.30 Communist Alternative Party 3,414 0.21
Total candidates 1,684,669 100.00 2 Total parties 1,600,319 100.00 49
Source: Ministry of the Interior – Historical Archive of Elections


  1. ^ http://www.regione.puglia.it/index.php?page=struttura&opz=giunta&cust=1
  2. ^ La Repubblica – Regional electoral law
  3. ^ "Regional Council of Lombardy – 1999 Constitutional law" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
  4. ^ Removed from office on 29 April 2019.